Planning a new Lego Gaga

I want to start a new Lego Gaga tonight; I might do this red carpet dress from this year’s Grammy’s. The Hello Kitty one was really fun because of how colorful it was, and this seems like a solid followup.

Lady Gaga red carpet dress from 2010 Grammy's

Drawin’ on Twitter

Last night, I tried a little experiment; I spent a couple of hours working on another drawing of Dagger from “Cloak and Dagger,” and every 15 minutes or so I posted an in-progress picture of how it was going on Twitter. You can see where I left the drawing for the night here, and can backtrack and see what all I posted on my Twitter feed.

Best I can tell, exactly zero people followed along. But it was fun. 🙂 I’m going to try and do the same thing again tonight; we’ll see how far I get with the drawing.

Random musings

First – AARRRRGGGGGHHHHH.

On April 14, I ordered an iPad through our computer store here on campus. It was supposed to be here on May 3. Then it was delayed until May 17. So yesterday, I checked to see if it was still on schedule. Nope. Delayed until June 3. Lame.

The timing of this was comical, as I also received an ad from Apple via e-mail today announcing the iPad as “the perfect graduation gift.” My personal iPad ordering saga, combined with snarkiness, made me wonder if they meant to buy it now for the Class of 2015.

Second – I stopped by Roy’s Comics and Games in between lunch and the gas station on my way back to work this afternoon, and discovered that they did, indeed, still have one copy of “Birds of Prey” #1 sitting on the shelf. It’s written by Gail Simone, who I’ve been following on Twitter, and seems like fun. I also left with “G.I. Joe: Origins” #15 (cover B), the first two issues of Marvel’s Black Widow series, and a “Cloak and Dagger” one-shot from March.

Still waiting on a bunch of crap to come from eBay, too – three G.I. Joe trade paperbacks, a Batman and Robin hardcover and a 26-issue-collectin’ beast of an Astonishing X-Men hardcover omnibus.

LOST tonight. I’m still disappointed in last week’s completely useless episode. I just fear this show is going to end in a huge fireball of suckfest. We’ll see, I guess.

Also curious to see if V ever starts to improve… That show’s maybe two bad episodes from me bailing on it.

“Day after” review – My Jill Valentine sketch turned out just OK; I’m not terribly happy with it. But it’s filed away in a binder now, next to Robin. Have a request in for my next project; not sure I’ll do it, but we’ll see. I’m going to do some more practice sketches and then start work on a larger, more involved project I think. I haven’t decided for sure yet; I may end up just breaking down and doing another Lego Gaga. Those are easy and super-fun.

I also need to get back to this programming project, but the delay in the arrival of my iPad, combined with the fun I’ve had drawing again, has made it tough for me to jump back into that.

Nothing else to report.

DeviantArt favorites

I logged into my DeviantArt account tonight for the first time in awhile; I had two new messages that people had added some of the stuff I’ve uploaded there to their favorites. One person added my college-era Freddy Krueger; another the Boba Fett triptych I drew for my friend Joel earlier this year.

I’m a pretty harsh critic of my own work, and to see somebody else has somehow found it and taken the small effort to click a button and consider it a “favorite” is pretty cool.

Art night: four pages of heads

Last night, I spent about two hours further beating my face against the wall that is the build issue I’ve been having in Xcode, as I try to learn this whole computer programming thing. After a point, I quit and started drawing.

I kicked out about four pages of heads, working on positioning and proportions. Burne Hogarth’s “Dynamic Anatomy” book is going to be good, but the text material and the illustrations don’t match up well; when there’s a wall of text that describes the proportions of everything and how x bisects at y muscle, there’s no accompanying image that specifically shows this. That’s a struggle for me. But, I was able to work out some basic heads last night and I’m happy with the progress (if not the final result). I’m really going to have my work cut out for me when I start trying to draw anything that isn’t straight-on from the front, 3/4 perspective or a direct side view. And it’ll be difficult for me to make the leap to “draw some random person” from “draw this generic head.” But I did get some good work in last night; I’ll get pics of the pages put up somewhere and post ’em here later. Looking forward to more practice.

Don’t know what my plan is for tonight; will either draw some more, or just skip past this compiler roadblock and continue with programming. Probably the latter. We’ll see.

Art night

I was planning for tonight to be another computer programming night at home; read some stuff, write some code, try to get some more things working. But I need to take a day off from that after spending hours yesterday trying to solve a compiler linking issue that should be trivial. My brain still hurts. My first contribution to the programming community is likely going to be a visual guide to solving this issue, since my browsing of a variety of forums yesterday showed a large pile of beginning programmers having exactly the same problem, but no good solutions.

And, today has been a typical Monday filled with Super-Fun Meetings (TM), and I am just not in the mood for anything requiring concentration. Maybe I’ll feel differently later.

So, art night. More reading Hogarth’s book, I think, and maybe kicking out 2-4 pages of sketched stuff depending on what I get into with the book.

Trapjaw

Trapjaw, originally uploaded by AndyBartlett.

I added four pictures of recent drawings to Flickr; this is a goofy zombie variant of “Trap-Jaw” from He-Man. It’s pretty average, but is indicative to me of why I need to work more on my drawing. The ability is there, I just need to refine the technical stuff and practice a *lot* more.

Anyway. Check out the sidebar, over there –> or go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/87598275@N00/. In addition to Trap-Jaw, I posted pictures of a two-page spread of just random sketches I did last night before bed and three pages of really genuinely dreadful sketches of Dr. Horrible I drew after I finished watching the “Sing-Along Blog” for the first time on April 10th.